Our Town: Race, Housing, and the Soul of Suburbia

Our Town: Race, Housing, and the Soul of Suburbia




Those words from the mayor of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, were a slap in the face to the African American citizens of that booming suburb. Fancy new housing developments and manicured industrial parks were springing up all around. But for these poor families whose roots in Mount Laurel went back to before the American Revolution, there was no room. Their modest request to build a handful of affordable garden apartments was flatly denied. The riot-torn slums of nearby Camden were their proper home: that was the message.

This passion play is the centerpiece of Our Town. It is a tale of how character gets shaped in the crucible of vital public decision-making, a chronicle of the foretold death of America's cities and the rise of suburbia, and an account of how, at the highest levels, the rules of the housing game have been written.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813522531
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.29(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

DAVID L. KIRP, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Just Schools: Race and Schooling in America, Gender Justice, and Learning by Heart: AIDS and Schoolchildren in America's Communities (Rutgers University Press), and a regular contributor to Harper's, The Nation, the Atlantic Monthly, and the New York Times.

JOHN P. DWYER , John H. Boalt professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, is a nationally recognized authority on environmental law and housing policy and law.

LARRY A. ROSENTHAL is an attorney and has served as a lecturer in the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and assistant editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

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